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Liner industry faces another year of red ink: Maersk Line chief

Liner industry faces another year of red ink: Maersk Line chief
In the latest issue of Seatrade Asia Week The container shipping industry is set for another loss making year as it struggles with the impact of soaring fuel costs warns new Maersk Line chief Soren Skou.  

The world’s largest container line said in its 5 March financial results that it expected to report a loss this year. “I would expect that if the outlook goes for Maersk Line that we will not be profitable in 2012 then the industry will also be losing money as whole because our margins are better than industry averages. So if we lose money I am fairly certain the rest of the industry will do so,” Skou ceo of Maersk Line told Seatrade Asia Week.

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